Knibbs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Knibbs family

The surname Knibbs was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Knibbs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knibbs research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1604, 1734, 1746, 1787, 1640, 1711, 1650 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Knibbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knibbs Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Knibbs family name include Knibb, Knibbs, Knebb, Knibs, Nybbe, Nibb, Nibbs and others.

Early Notables of the Knibbs family (pre 1700)

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United States Knibbs migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Knibbs surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Knibbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wm. Knibbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1687
Knibbs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Knibbs, who settled in New York in 1830
Knibbs Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Knibbs, aged 21, who arrived in America from Coventry, in 1900
  • Francis Knibbs, aged 37, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Annie Knibbs, aged 50, who arrived in America from Northampton, England, in 1912
  • Joseph Knibbs, aged 25, who arrived in America from Northampton, England, in 1912
  • Joseph Knibbs, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Knibbs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Knibbs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Knibbs, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]
  • William Knibbs, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

Contemporary Notables of the name Knibbs (post 1700) +

  • John William "Billy" Knibbs Jr (1880-1930), American football player and coach
  • Timothy A. Knibbs, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 6th District, 1996, 1998, 2000; Concerned Citizens Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 2004 [2]
  • Enos Knibbs, West Indian cricket umpire who stood in two Test matches between 1930 and 193
  • Darrel Knibbs (b. 1949), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey player
  • William Arthur "Bill" Knibbs (1942-2006), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player from Toronto, Ontario who played 53 games with the Boston Bruins
  • Sir George Handley "The Knibb" Knibbs (1858-1929), Australian scientist, the first Commonwealth Statistician and the first director of the Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry
  • Harry Knibbs, Canadian verse and story writer who wrote for the Saturday Evening Post


  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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